LEARN about improving heritage houses and tour restored properties as part of a National Trust conference this week.
Called the Australian Heritage Interiors Conference and Tour, it will be held at Clarendon at Nile.
The Clarendon conference will explain the thinking that went into creating the fabulous design of the Georgian period.
The Georgian period covers the reign of the British kings called George, from 1714 to 1830, and its architecture is acclaimed as some of the finest in history.
Clarendon, set on seven hectares on the South Esk River, is one of Australia's most spectacular Georgian mansions.
Clarendon manager Jennie Chapman said the conference, a fund-raising event for the estate, would feature speakers bringing the Georgian era alive, followed by a tour of great Georgian buildings around Launceston.
``More and more people are wanting to know how to do things after they have bought a heritage property,'' she said.
``This conference is about being contemporary but keeping the essence of a heritage property.''
Speakers on the first day, Sunday, October 20, will include antique dealer Robert Henley talking about the challenges of restoring Jessen Lodge at Longford. Other speakers will include magazine editor and newspaper columnist Zinta Heard, National Trust conservation manager Linda Clark and Southern Midlands Council heritage project officer Alan Townsend.
The bus excursion the following day, October 21, will start at Franklin House at Youngtown and go to Clairville at Evandale, the Red Feather Inn at Hadspen, Mountford at Longford and a mystery stop.
Costs are $60 for the first day and $125 for the second day. Morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch is included on both days.
Phone 6398 6220 to book.